To spar or not to spar, that is the question. In 2019, it's time to update the Guide to Sparring in MMA, Boxing, and Muay Thai. Whether you are a beginner, a long time gym rat, or a seasoned pro, the question of sparring comes up. In MiddleEasy's new guide, the pros and cons of sparring are weighed out, and a look at some of the best gear to spar with is reviewed. The Pros About Sparring \tDevelop better reaction time and work to enhance your skills in real time \tLearn how to handle different type of opponents and how your skills work in different situations \tBeing able to apply the skills you learned in class and apply them to real fight simulation The Cons About Sparring \tThe possibility head and other limb injuries are increased greatly \tBecoming to reliant on sparring Wearing the right equipment will greatly improve a sparring session. Before taking a sparring session, proper boxing gloves, shin guards, a mouth guard, and headgear should be researched. The Best Head Gear for Sparring Fairtex Headgear Pros: \u2013 Four different unique styles available \u2013 Genuine leather with smooth construct \u2013 Great design to maximize vision Cons: \u2013 Can be hard to judge proper size The Fairtex Headgear will give you excellent protection during intense sparring sessions. With an unique design, the Fairtex headgear will maximize your vision. This headgear is remains one of the top of the line for any combat sport. Hayabusa T3 Headgear Pros: \u2013 Six different colors to pick from \u2013 Wider field of vision than most models \u2013 Comfortable fit Cons: \u2013 Bigger entry level price point Whether for Boxing, MMA, or Muay Thai the Hayabusa T3 Headgear will fit your needs. With a top of the line design, the Hayabusa T3 Headgear provides great protection for the user. Made with antimicrobial materials, the Hayabusa T3 Headgear is easy to clean and relatively low maintenance. RDX Headgear Pros: \u2013 Four different colors available \u2013 Detachable faceguard \u2013 Easy to adjust fit Cons: \u2013 Smaller than most models Available in both adults and kids sizes, the RDX Headgear is great for all experiences levels. Coming with a removable faceguard, the RDX Headgear is one of the safest models on the market. This model is also available in Red, Black, Blue, and Pink styles. The Best Mouth Guards for Sparring Venum Challenger Mouth Guard Pros: \u2013 Handmade in Thailand \u2013 Multiple color-combinations for a unique look \u2013 Great protection for your mouth and jawbone Cons: \u2013 Have to get use to breathing with it Coming in over 10 different colors the Venum Challenger Mouth Guard is one of best looking models on the market. The high-density rubber frame makes the Venum Challenger Mouth Guard best for protection and shock absorption. A key factor is the Venum Challenger Mouth Guard designs allows for maximum breathing during sparring. Impact Custom Mouth Guard Pros: \u2013 Custom fitted means the perfect fit for your mouth \u2013 Long term durability \u2013 Multiple and even custom designs Cons: \u2013 High price point Offering top of the line protection, the Impact Custom Mouth Guard is great for MMA, Boxing, or Muay Thai sparring. No matter your experience level, Impact Custom Mouth Guard is a great product for sparring. The Impact Custom Mouth Guard is custom fitted with an user friendly impression kit. Sisu Aero Mouth Guard Pros: \u2013 Easy to breathe with \u2013 Wide variety of colors to pick from \u2013 Slim fit and comfortable Cons: \u2013 May not be as durable Coming with a slim fit design, the Sisu Aero Mouth Guard is versatile enough for striking, wrestling, and BJJ sessions. The Sisu Aero Mouth Guard is made with comfort in mind. At a nice entry level price point, the Sisu Aero Mouth Guard provides some of the best bang for your buck. The Best Gloves for Sparring Hayabusa T3 Boxing Gloves Pros: \u2013 Made with premium leather \u2013 Stylish, over five designs to pick from \u2013 Five-layer foam structure Cons: \u2013 Need to break them in good One of the latest Hayabusa models, the Hayabusa T3 Boxing Gloves looks impressive right out of the box. Built with extra padding the Hayabusa T3 Boxing Gloves were made with sparring and heavy bag training in mind. Made of premium leather the Hayabusa T3 Boxing Gloves provide both top shelf style and protection. Venum Elite Boxing Gloves Pros: \u2013 Over 15 color styles to pick from \u2013 Skintex leather construction \u2013 Triple density foam Cons: \u2013 Wear and tear on inside seams With an excellent introductory price, the Venum Elite Boxing Gloves set the standard. Equipped with over 15 stylish looks, the Venum Elite Boxing Gloves look and feel great. Made of made of high quality material, the Venum Elite Boxing Gloves offer fantastic value and comfort. Winning Training Boxing Gloves Pros: \u2013 Made of leather \u2013 Water repellent covering \u2013 Easy hook and loop closure \u2013 Great protection for knuckles and wrist Cons: \u2013 The price point may be higher Made in Japan, the Winning Training Boxing Gloves are the best in it's class. With both great comfort and amazing protection, the Winning Training Boxing Gloves are made with high quality in mind. Train like a pro with the Winning Training Boxing Gloves. The Best Shin Guards for Sparring Venum Challenger Shin Guards Pros: - Six different colors to pick from \u2013 Made in Thailand \u2013 Great mobility and design Cons: \u2013 Slippery feel Looking good and of the highest quality, the Venum Challenger Shin Guards are a great for sparring. Made with maximum comfort, the Venum Challenger Shin Guards are great for pros as well as first time shin guard users. With a lightweight feel, the the Venum Challenger Shin Guards don't sacrifice mobility for protection. Hayabusa T3 Shin Guards Pros: \u2013 Excellent design and comfort \u2013 Six different colors to pick from \u2013 Top-notch craftsmanship Cons: \u2013 Higher price point Flexible and lightweight the Hayabusa T3 Shin Guards are the best of the best for training. With an intuitive design, the Hayabusa T3 Shin Guards are both safe and protective. Made with top of the line materials, the Hayabusa T3 Shin Guards are durable and promote maximum performance. Fairtex Competition Shin Guards Pros: \u2013 Four different colors to choose from \u2013 Made in Thailand \u2013 Great mobility Cons: \u2013 Different feel when first worn The Fairtex Competition Shin Guards recently underwent a complete redesign and it shows. Providing protection for both your shin and instep, the Fairtex Competition Shin Guards promote safety for both beginners and pros. Made in Thailand the Fairtex Competition Shin Guards are excellent for sparring and everyday training. Final Verdict Everyone is different and each person's combat sports path chart it's own course. When it comes to sparring, safety always comes first. If you are going to spar, it must be in a controlled gym environment and all the proper sparring gear must be equipped. No matter if you're a beginner, veteran, or pro, fighters have to spar smart, find the right partner, and listen closely to the advice to all coaches running the sparring session.